MHSA Program Overview
The Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) is a voter initiative (Proposition 63) which began collecting a 1% tax on personal income in excess of $1M on January 1, 2005. MHSA funds are distributed to the counties by the State. MHSA funds create new, or complement existing, services and resources, not replace current program funding. Transform the current mental health system from a “fail first” model to one that promotes prevention, early intervention and recovery strategically utilizing the following five components in an integrated manner with existing programs:
Programs serving individuals with serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI) or children with serious emotional disturbance (SED). This component receives 80% of ongoing funding and includes 15 programs.
Programs providing prevention, early intervention or tertiary prevention services to individuals at risk of mental health challenges. This component receives 20% of ongoing funding and includes 17 programs.
This component has 5 programs and is not supported by ongoing funding, but a single allocation of funds.
This component combines both Captial Facilities and Technology and is a single allocatiuon by the State. There is currently 1 project (Technical Needs Project) supported under this component.
This component supports projects that provide opportunities to try new approaches to services. The number of projects varies and are only implemented for a limited amount of time.
In addition to the above components, there are also MHSA Housing Program funds for capital development and capitalized operating subsidies.
For more detailed information on the above components and programs, please refer to the latest version of the MHSA Reports (see link below).
Community Planning Process (CPP)
The Community Planning Process is in place to ensure that the needs of the community are being met and reflected in programs funded under MHSA. This involves evaluation of current programs as compared to current community needs and alignment with goals of the Behavioral Health Advisory Board (BHAB).
For more information, please contact: MHSA@ventura.org